Newsletter July 2017
News | 21/07/2017
I&P's July newsletter is online! Review of the important news of the last three months and notably: • Launch of a high-level training on impact investing, with Patrick Guillaumont, President of the Ferdi • Launch of I&P Conseil • Portrait of Mamadou Sanankoua, Director of Conergies...

Mamadou Sanankoua
Interview of Mamadou Sanankoua, Director of Conergies
Entrepreneurs | 20/07/2017
  Mamadou Sanankoua manages Conergies since 2011, after several years spent in Europe and in Canada for his studies and work. Returning to Côte d'Ivoire, he takes over the family business and actively participates to the development of the company, in partnership with I&P which partners...

Launch of I&P Conseil, a "lab" to support the emergence of African SMEs
News | 07/07/2017
  Building on its 15-year experience in financing and supporting African entrepreneurs, Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P) is developing a consulting activity aiming to improve the business environment and develop the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa.   Download the press...

I&P publishes the 5th annual ESG & Impact Report of the fund IPAE
News | 04/07/2017
  Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P) publishes the annual ESG & Impact Report of the fund I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs (IPAE). Since its creation in 2012, IPAE has invested in 28 companies located in 12 different African countries and operating in a great variety of sectors....

I&P wins ESG special Prize at SWEN's ''ESG Best Practices Honours"
News | 30/06/2017
  Investisseurs & Partenaires received a special prize in the category ''small and mid cap'' awarded by SWEN Capital Partners during their annual event ''ESG Best Practices Honours" Each year since 2012 the SWEN team has been analyzing and measuring how extra-financial criteria are...

I&P's Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals
Intelligence & Analysis | 27/06/2017
  In September 2015 the United Nations adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs comprise 17 core goals, from ending hunger to stemming climate change, that altogether provide a critical roadmap to a sustainable future...

PEG wins an Ashden Award in 2017
Entrepreneurs | 16/06/2017
  PEG won an Ashden Award in 2017 for their innovative approach to pay as you go technology to provide solar energy to West Africa. Established in 2001, the Ashden Awards are globally recognised as a mark of excellence in the field of green energy. → Read more    ...

The fund IPAE inaugurates 3 new industrial projects
News | 12/06/2017
  As I&P Afrique Entrepreneurs (IPAE) celebrates its 5th and last year of investment, several key industrial projects financed by the fund are being implemented: Scrimad in Madagascar and Eden Tree in Ghana, two companies operating in the agro-industry sector, inaugurated their new...

Eden Tree launches its new factory
Entrepreneurs | 01/06/2017
  Eden Tree, a Ghanaian-owned market leader in the agro-processing of packaged fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables, opened its new factory in presence of the team and several actors of the agro-industry sector. The ceremony took place in Accra on May 30th. Eden Tree aims to create a...

GIIN Launches 7th Edition of the Annual Impact Investor Survey
Intelligence & Analysis | 18/05/2017
  The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) published the 7th edition of its Annual Impact Investor Survey report, which presents continued progress in the dynamic impact investing industry, officially established only ten years ago. Capturing data from 209 of the world’s leading impact...

Focus on social protection in Africa, with Max de Font-Réaulx
News | 10/05/2017
  Max de Font-Réaulx is the CEO of Théorème, a consulting firm dedicated to the management of business risks. As a specialist of health insurance issues in Africa, he works with several I&P's investees so as to help them set up or improve their healthcare programs.  In an...

Meeting with the promoters of OuiCarry in Senegal
Entrepreneurs | 03/05/2017
    OuiCarry is a young Senegalese company providing delivery services and allowing its customers (individuals and businesses) based in Senegal to buy products from international commercial websites. In March 2017, the fund Teranga Capital made its first investment wih OuiCarry....

Teranga Capital makes its first investment to accelerate the development of OuiCarry
News | 13/04/2017
  Teranga Capital, an impact fund dedicated to finance and support Senegalese small and medium businesses, sponsored by I&P, has realized its first investment and welcomes OuiCarry in its portfolio. ► More information on the launch of Teranga Capital ► Download the press release...

Companies to Inspire Africa 2017
12 I&P's investees listed among the ‘’Companies to Inspire Africa’’
Entrepreneurs | 06/04/2017
  A dozen of companies supported by Investisseurs & Partenaires, have been selected by the London Stock Exchange Group for its first report ‘’Companies to Inspire Africa”, identifying hundreds of Africa’s most inspirational and dynamic private, high-growth companies (ACEP Burkina,...

USAID Business Fights Poverty
Support Impact Investing in West Africa
Intelligence & Analysis | 10/03/2017
  Rob Schneider and romi Bhatia, from the US Agency for International Development (USAID) published an article on the collaborative platform Business Fights Poverty, explaining the Agency's strategy to promote sustainable and small businesses in Sub-Saharan Africa. An occasion to recall...

Catherine Krobo-Edusei Eden Tree
Interview of Catherine Krobo-Edusei, founder of Eden Tree
Entrepreneurs | 06/03/2017
During the 5th Training seminar dedicated to I&P's portfolio entrepreneurs, Proparco (affiliated with the French Development Agency) asked a few questions to Catherine Krobo-Edusei, founder and CEO of Eden Tree Limited, one of Ghana's largest producer of fruits and vegetables.  ...

paysage investissement impact afrique
Infography: the landscape for impact investing in Sub-Saharan Africa
Intelligence & Analysis | 17/02/2017
  The last study published by I&P and FERDI, "Investing in Africa's Development" (October 2016), aims to demonstrate why does impact investment represent an innovative and efficient answer to the development challenges of the continent. The study presents in one of the chapters the...

Disrupt Africa
Disrupt Africa: ''Meet the Investor'' with Hugues Vincent-Genod from I&P
In The Press | 03/02/2017
  Disrupt Africa recently published an interview of Hugues Vincent-Genod, Investment Officer at I&P. He presents I&P's investment thesis and the project IPDEV 2, consisting in launching ten investment funds in ten African countries. ► Read the interview online  ...

I&P wishes you a happy new year!
News | 19/01/2017
  Jean-Michel Severino and all the team of Investisseurs & Partenaires wish you the best for 2017!  Find more on our latest news in I&P janruary's newsletter ►► • Editorial signed by Jean-Michel Severino • Entrepreneur's story: Adedognin Abimbola, Bénin • Focus: I...

Adedognin Abimbola
Entrepreneur Adedognin Abimbola shares the lessons of his experience
Entrepreneurs | 18/01/2017
  Born in Benin in the late 1960s, Adedognin Abimbola moved to France with his sisters and brothers to study. Graduated from Toulouse Business School, he began his career in the group Decathlon. Willing to bring his own contribution to Africa’s development, Adedognin returns to Benin in...

SDGs in Africa #1 : Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Security
Intelligence & Analysis | 12/01/2017
  As I&P and FERDI recently published a study exploring the connections between the impact investing industry and the newly defined Sustainable Development Goals, we will be exploring the main development issues identified in the report: Fighting Poverty and Inequalities, Agriculture,...

Enko Education
Enko Education: several students admitted to Yale and Bristol University
Entrepreneurs | 22/12/2016
    Three of the students registered in Enko’s educational program have been admitted to the prestigious universities of Bristol (UK) and Yale (US). An encouraging start for Enko Education, which now counts a network of seven high schools across Sub-Saharan Africa. ► Read...

Carrière et Chaux du Mali publish a video on its activities
Entrepreneurs | 16/12/2016
  Carrière et Chaux du Mali (CCM), a company specialized in the production of quicklime and lime quarrying in which I&P invested last October, published a new video to present its activities.   The company, directed by Madani Diallo, provides Malian farmers with a natural...

Siatol in Burkina Faso: a new video and a blogspot by MCE Capital
Entrepreneurs | 14/12/2016
  MCE Capital recently published an article, featured in its newsletter as well on Siatol, a company based in Burkina Faso and specialized in the production of soya oil. ► Read the article on MCE Capital website A good opportunity to present the new video released last week to...

‘’Rethinking business impacts on matters of general interest’’ : interview of JM Severino to the blog Ideas For Development
Intelligence & Analysis | 12/12/2016
While the French Development Agency was celebrating its 75th anniversary with a conference on “Commons and Development” early December, Jean-Michel Severino was interviewed on the topic by the blog Ideas for Development. Reflection on common goods continues to be influenced by a binary vision of...

GIIN Impact Investing Trends
GIIN Launches Impact Investing Trends Report
Intelligence & Analysis | 09/12/2016
  A study released by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) at the opening today of its two-day Investor Forum 2016 in Amsterdam found that impact investors reported substantial growth over the last three years. The Impact Investing Trends: Evidence of a Growing Industry report has...

Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) Investor Forum 2016
I&P participates to the GIIN investor Forum 2016 in Amsterdam
News | 08/12/2016
  With over 80 speakers and 600 delegates from more than 30 countries across the world attending, the GIIN Investor Forum on 7-8 December is the landmark event for anyone involved in impact investment or interested to engage with the industry. Jean-Michel Severino, President of...

Guardian Eden Tree
The founder of Eden Tree participates to a public debate organized by The Guardian in London
Entrepreneurs | 07/12/2016
  The Guardian is running a public debate on December 7 on Africa's agri-food sector on the following topic: “Is big business a force for good for African farmers?”. Catherine Krobo-Edusei, Founder and Director of Eden Tree in Ghana, participates to the panel, gathering someone from the...

World Bank Report poverty
A new report on poverty and shared prosperity
Intelligence & Analysis | 05/12/2016
The World Bank published a new report on the state of poverty in the world. The study says that extreme poverty worldwide continues to fall despite the lethargic state of the global economy. But it warns that given projected growth trends, reducing high inequality may be a necessary component to...